Monday, March 24, 2014

The Cross has Your Back

Deuteronomy 25:3 (NKJV) Forty blows he may give him and no more, lest he should exceed this and beat him with many blows above these, and your brother be humiliated in your sight.

Over the years, many of us were taught that Jesus was given thirty-nine lashes when He was whipped. The idea was it was against Jewish law. However, thirty-nine lashes would not have been enough. In Galatians 3:13, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law..." The curse of the law is revealed for us in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. There are forty-one curses listed.

Jesus was punished by the Romans. They had no obligation to Jewish Law. Jesus would have to receive a blow for each curse to pay the penalty. Because of this we received a twofold blessing. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 28:37 (NLT), "You will become an object of horror, ridicule, and mockery among all the nations to which the LORD sends you." Jesus paid for this curse with a violent lash, but He was also beaten beyond our comprehension, ridiculed, and mocked, so He paid for this curse twice. That is why the Prophet Isaiah wrote, "Instead of your shame you shall have double honor..." Isaiah 61:7

Jesus' sacrifice was complete. He did not leave out a thing. If you have a health problem---you have been redeemed. Poverty---paid for. Soundness of mind---it is yours. Every curse listed was paid for by those stripes and then some. So how do we receive it?

Since this has already been dealt with by Jesus, we do not have to do anything. Now I am not saying if you are broke, you do not go out and work. If you are sick, you need to see a Doctor. You do not just roll over and die.

Ephesians 6:14-18 lists the armor of God for the believer. There is a breastplate, belt, shoes, shield, helmet, and sword. There is nothing for your back. When the Egyptians pursued Moses and the people to the Red Sea, "The Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them..." Exodus 14:19 In the same way, the cross is behind us.

When the enemy pursues you, tell God, the way a child tells his father. The communion table is a great place for this. Let God deal with the enemy. While He takes care of that, go find someone to pray for and bless. This is what the armor is for---taking from the enemy. God is our defender, the best possible defender we can have.

Get aggressive with the enemy. Release God into the lives of others, that is the hardest punch you can throw.

Be blessed!

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